Trail culture

This is what hiking 2000 miles feels like

By Kara Kieffer, PCTA P3 Hiker

2000 miles feels like waking up tired every morning, like eating the same food again and again until it loses all meaning. It feels like wondering with amazement when 20 miles became a short day. Like pushing yourself up the last climb of the ... Read more

Trail magic, in reverse

By Barry Stuart Keller, Mount Hood Volunteer Wilderness Stewards

I have been a volunteer wilderness ranger in the Mount Hood Wilderness, 62 miles east of Portland, Oregon, for 19 years. I educate day hikers and campers on the trail in the Wilderness about Leave No Trace along the Pacific Crest ... Read more

There’s a Boots McFarland book out

By Geolyn Carvin

You’ve probably seen a Boots McFarland cartoon somewhere: online, in a hiking club newsletter or perhaps the black and white comics featured years ago in the PCT Communicator.  Where do these cartoons originate and where do the ideas come from?

I’m a nature lover, like you. ... Read more

Pride is a well-dug cathole

By Kara Kieffer, PCTA P3 Hiker

The sun is cresting the horizon, the air is cool on your face as you take your first steps down the trail. And what is that in the distance? A white flower blooming in the harsh desert environment? The fluffy tail of a wild ... Read more